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Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib

Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib is also known as Gurudwara Damdama Sahib or Dhubri Shaib.

Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib is the sikhs gurudwara which is located on the banks of Brahmaputra river in Dhubri district of Assam. Guru nanak Dev ji, the first guru of sikh visited the gurudwara and met Srimanta Sankardeva on his way when he traveled from Dhaka to Assam in 1505 AD. In the 17 century, 9th guru shri Guru Teg Bahadur ji came to this place and established this Gurudwara. the world assemble in this historic shrine every year in December to mark the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur. The festival starts on 3rd of December with great solemnity and ceremony. Sikhs call this festival Sahidee-Guru-Parav.

History

When Raja Ram Singh son of Mirza Raja Jai Singh was deputed by Emperor Aurangzeb to crush the revolt of King Chakradwaj Singh of Kamrup (Assam), he called on Guru Tegh Bahadur at Dhaka and requested that he accompany him on his expedition to Assam. His request was accepted by the Guru who had planned to visit Assam in order to revive the religious centre built to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak in the land of magic and beauty. Together Raja Ram Singh and Guruji, marched along the river Dhubri and Brahmaputra and reached Kamrup early in February, 1669 A.D. Guru Tegh Bahadur camped at Dhubri while Raja Ram Singh camped at Rangamati. The Imperial Army was confident of its strength but was not as yet sure whether the holyman with them would be able to destroy the evil effects of magic and witchcraft of the Assamese. Just across the river the Assamese were unnerved by the superior numbers of the Imperial Army but they were confident that the supernatural powers of their magicians backed by their tactful resistance would keep the attackers at bay.

The magic Assamese women with their tantric paraphernalia began reciting mantras of destruction in their encampment directly across the river of the camp of Guru Teg Bahadur. But all their magic failed to harm the great Guru. The magicians were too confident about their ability to destroy any human being. From across the river they hurled a 26 feet long stone, which came arcing across the sky like a missile and struck the ground, near Guruji's camp, so hard that nearly half of its length was embedded in the ground. It can still be seen in the same position.

There are two Gurdwaras located here:

  • Gurdwara Thara Sahib or Damdama Sahib: In 1966, a gurdwara in a small octagonal hut with sloping roof was also set up on top of the mound. It is called Thara Sahib or Damdama Sahib.
  • 'Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib: The other shrine is in a square hall with wooden walls and sloping roof. Further development of the gurdwara is afoot under the Sikh Pratinidhi Board Eastern Zone and the local managing committee.

Climate

  • Summer temperature ranges from 29 °C to 40 °C .
  • Winter temperature ranges from 6 °C to 25 °C .

How to reach

By Air - Rupsi Airport is the nearest airport.

By Rail - Dhubri has its own Railway Station.

By Road - Dhubri well connected to all major cities via road.